April 29, 2009 § 4 Comments
“Never let them see you sweat.”
His brow is furrowed, scarlet: unrepentant
sunburn. He excels at riptides.
No surfer he, he fights every
battle he can create, each victory
a shell upon his shelf.
At night, he battles on; demons
midnight-dancing laugh at his
seagull cries – as a boy
he Almost Drowned. Almost
drowned, they said as they
shook their heads and Poor
Boy, he is too frail. So they
scooped him up and spoon-
fed him broth spiked with
pity and humiliation. He Almost
Drowned, so now he proves them
wrong. Each and Every Day.
If you had to fill in the blank “Never…,” what would you say?
Writer’s Digest prompt April 29, 2009